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Talonflame Latest Nerfs & Buffs (01/20)

Version Patch Note Updates (01/20)

Talonflame Move Changes (December 20)
Fly Image
• Cooldown is reduced when hitting an enemy Pokemon by 4s.
• Damage reduced from 2974 → 2709 (-9%).
• Cooldown increased from 9s → 10s.
Aerial Ace Image
Aerial Ace
• Added the effect of recovering HP on hit (Lvl 7:+175 / Lvl 15: +385).
• Adjusted the operation.

Talonflame Previous Move Patches

Stat Updates Attack increased.

Acrobatics Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 1491 to 2253 (+51%).

Aerial Ace Cooldown reduced. Aerial Ace: Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 462 to 621 (+34%). Aerial Ace+: Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 1034 to 1235 (+19%). Added the effect of recovering HP on hit (Lvl 7: +175 / Lvl 15: +385). Adjusted the operation.

Fly User effect weakened. Cooldown reduced. Aerial movement speed increase strengthened. Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 2325 to 2974 (+28%). Cooldown is reduced when hitting an enemy Pokemon by 4s. Damage reduced from 2974 to 2709 (-9%). Cooldown increased from 9s to 10s.

Flame Sweep Unite Move charge rate increased.

Gale Wings Fixed a bug where the effect is not activated when returning after being KO'd.

Talonflame Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Speedster
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Novice
"Talonflame toys with the opposing team by using its moves to quickly maneuver itself and fly over obstacles."

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Talonflame Best Lanes

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High Burst Damage.
✔︎ Fly allows you to pass through walls.
✔︎ Can easily bait enemies using fly.
✖︎ Extremely fragile.
✖︎ Loses escape tool if Fly or Brave Bird is used to attack.

Best Builds for Talonflame


Burst Build

Burst Build
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Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +30
Critical-Hit Rate: +8.10%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
Attack Speed: +7.50%

This build focuses on maximizing Talonflame's burst damage. Your gameplay should be diving targets with Brave Bird and finishing them off using Aerial Ace. Brave Bird puts a mark on top of targets, resetting Aerial Ace's cooldown when you hit them with a boosted attack. If you're fast enough, you can chain the reset of Aerial Ace as long as there are marked enemies. Always utilize this mechanic to maximize your damage.

Muscle Band, Scope Lens, and Razor Claw all contribute to Talonflame's burst damage output, particularly critical hits. Since you don't have any
defensive items, you have to dive targets carefully, making sure not to overextend.

Eject Button is your only tool for escaping when things go awry, making it a must-have battle item. Try to save it for escaping only as much as possible.

Utility Build

Utility Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +15
Critical-Hit Rate: +6%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
Attack Speed: +7.50%
HP: +600

This is a utility build for Talonflame. Your gameplay should be diving the backlines via Flame Charge and Brave Bird, using Brave Bird's mechanic to refresh moves to get behind the enemies, then use Flame Sweep to drag them to your allies. It requires proper positioning to be effective and takes time to master.

Muscle Band and Scope Lens are staple damage items, giving you enough damage to burst down targets. Buddy Barrier works great with your gameplay since you're relying mostly on your UNITE move to be effective. The bonus HP and the shielding effect ensures you have means of survival after a successful setup.

Eject Button acts as an additional repositioning tool, giving you a better setup.

High Mobility Build

High Mobility Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +42
Movement Speed: +120
HP: +450

This is a high-mobility and scoring build. Your gameplay is centered around scoring as much points as you can for your team, utilizing Fly and Flame Charge to roam around and farm points from wild Pokemon. However, you'll still be able to do decent damage using your moves because of the damage bonus from your held items. You can also use Fly to steal boss Pokemon from the enemy.

Attack Weight,Float Stone, and Score Shield all contribute to your scoring gameplay, granting damage boosts, increased mobility, and bonus HP.

Goal-Getter wraps up everything for the build, allowing you to score faster, especially during the last minutes of the game where points are doubled.

Talonflame Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest When the Pokemon is not in combat, it is granted a shield that nullifies Sp. Atk damage equal to (9/12/15)% of its max HP.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Attack increases by (6/9/12).
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Increases damage dealt by basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more the damage increases.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw After the Pokemon uses a move, its next basic attack deals a minimum of (10/15/20) damage. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more this damage increases. When this item is held by a melee Pokemon, this basic attack also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip
Offensive Items like the Scope Lens and Muscle Band are very useful for Talonflame because it increases their burst damage potential. With patch update, Razor Claw has been added as a meta item build for the Brave Bird + Aerial Ace setup!

Buddy Barrier serve as your choices between if you want to dictate the pace of the game by letting you gank different lanes faster or have a more team-oriented role by using your Unite move more often.

For defensive options, Focus Band is a generally good choice but we highly recommend Assault Vest in the current Meta due to the strength of SP. Atk Pokemon.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
X Attack.pngX Attack Increases your Pokemon's basic attack damage by 1.2x, move damage by 1.05~1.15x for 8 seconds, and increases your standard attack speed.

Eject Button will be your escape mechanism if you used all your moves to initiate a fight. This will be your usual go-to Battle Item since it can be the key to disengaging bad fights.

You can substitute the Eject Button with X attack if you need that extra boost in power to successfully burst combo a Pokemon who might have otherwise lived if you didn't use the Battle Item.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Brave Bird ImageBrave Bird After a short delay, the user divebombs a targeted area, dealing damage to nearby enemies as well as taking recoil damage for the user. If a boosted attack is used a short while after using this Move, the cooldown of Flame Charge or Aerial Ace is reset.
Upgrade: Recoil damage is reduced.
Aerial Ace ImageAerial Ace Talonflame flies toward the opponent's Pokemon dealing damage in an area around that Pokemon. Talonflame will land on the opposite side of the enemy Pokemon from where you used the Move initially. In addition, the next attack becomes empowered.
Upgrade: The damage dealt increases.

To take advantage of Talonflame's high burst damage potential, these two moves should go hand in hand. Choosing the alternative moves of each of these will result in a DPS loss at the cost of survivability.

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How to Play Talonflame

Talonflame is the definition of mobility. With Fly, it can basically maneuver itself out of any lane and move towards a lane that needs his help. While damage from his skills tend to be a lot less compared with other Pokemon early on, Talonflame gains some ground as the game progresses on.

Another aspect of his gameplay is the ability to displace opponents using your Unite Move. This will help control the tide of battle by removing an opponent from battle.

Play As An Aggressive Diver

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Using Brave Bird to Gank Alolan Ninetales

Talonflame excels at diving into fights to burst down enemies. This particular Pokemon warrants increased aggression as all of your moves revolves around closing the distance between you and the target to deal high amounts of damage.

Farm Until Level 7

Talonflame truly shines when it gets access to its powerful, highest damaging moves at Level 7. Here, you can either pick the aggressive Brave Bird or the tactical Fly. Both of these moves greatly improve your ganking power, so make sure to rush your level to 7 before starting to make plays across the map.

Pressure Enemies at Lanes

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Bursting Down Crustle with Aerial Ace

After reaching level 7, your damage spikes to an absurd amount of levels. Use this to surprise a vulnerable lane then keep on pressing your advantage from there on.

Gank Easy Matchups or Low HP Pokemon

Talonflame's initial burst damage is enough to take down single targets. However, Talonflame may be left vulnerable if its target survives. So, make sure to pick targets that are easy matchups or Pokemon who sustained enough damage for a quick knockdown.

Matchups & Counters for Talonflame

Use Fly to Disengage

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Using Fly to Disengage

If you opted to learn Fly instead of Brave Bird, engaging enemies is better done by starting with Flame Charge, then using Fly to reposition in the fight or to disengage. Your movement speed is increased while using Fly, so most enemies will not be able to catch up to you. This is more true if you use it to pass through walls.

Use Brave Bird to Sneak into Backlines

Brave Bird can deal insane amounts of damage but its more useful strength is the distance it covers. You can use Brave Bird to travel to the enemy team's rear, then drag them to your team using your Unite Move.

Sneak Points if you have Score-Related Items

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Scoring Quick Goals

Talonflame can easily go in and out of enemy goal zones thanks to its moves acting as escape mechanism. Take advantage of this by equipping items that scale up in power like Attack Weight or a Score Shield. Every time you score a goal (maximum of 6) you can gain an extra boost in stats your these items. Use Acrobatics to sneak behind enemy goal lines if no ganks are favorable to score some points and increase Talonflame's power even more!

Use Unite Move To Move Enemies To Disadvantageous Areas

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Using Flame Sweep

Talonflame's Unite Move covers a lot of range. Use it against the enemy team if you're contesting objectives to zone them and give your team a free objective. You can escape with Fly or Brave Bird after to save yourself once you're alone inside enemy ranks.

Talonflame Combos

Early Game Combo

Early Game Combo
Acrobatics IconPeck Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Early Game Combo
This is your main ganking pattern. Acrobatics followed by peck isn't a devastating combo in itself but it allows you to close the gap between yourself and your target so it's a good start for the early game.

Burst Damage Combo

Brave Bird Diver Combo
Brave Bird IconAerial Ace IconStandard Attack IconAerial Ace Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Brave Bird Diver Combo
Brave Bird is a longer initiation tool and it also resets your Aerial Ace or Flame Charge once. Its a great burst tool since it does a high amount of damage and it also increases your DPS by allowing you to use your other skills twice.

Fly Combo

Fly Combo
Fly IconFlame Charge Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Fly Combo
This combo is more focused on annoying the enemy team and evading enemy skills. Fly makes you untargetable for a long duration and you can also pass through walls during this period. Partner this with Flame Charge and you gain a very slippery Talonflame that can easily weave in and out of fights.

Crowd Control Combo

Drag Unite Combo
Brave Bird IconFlame Charge IconStandard Attack IconFlame Charge IconFlame Sweep Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Talonflame Drag Unite Combo
This is a combo you can use to dive from the front then drag enemies to your team. This will require quick execution as you are still very fragile. The main idea is to use the Brave Bird's reset mechanic to dash twice from your target (Make sure to prepare your third attack in advance!). Dash twice to reach their backline then use Unite to drag everyone to your desired area.

Matchups & Counters for Talonflame

Talonflame Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesCramorantDecidueyeGreedentGreninjaMamoswineMr. MimeSylveon

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Talonflame.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter With Heavy Crowd Control

Being a mobility based Pokemon, Talonflame will have unfavorable matchups against Pokemon that have a combination of disables and being tanky in general.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
Can use Telekinesis to remove you from the fight and be make you a focused target.
Lucario ImageLucario Rating: ★★★★
Lucario is an all-rounder that functions like a speedster. They do everything you want to do but better and you can't burst them fast enough due to the shield gain when they get low HP.
Crustle ImageCrustle Rating: ★★★★
Crustle boasts high defense and moves that can stop you from doing your burst combos. Crustle also has surprisingly high mobility with Shell Smash which they can use to chase you down.
Machamp ImageMachamp Rating: ★★★★
With Talonflame being fragile as is, Machamp can match your crit damage and beat you since they are tankier. Submission can stop you from using your Unite move and can also be used to either outrun or catch up to you.

Even Matchups

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck, and timing. Here are some tips to help push Talonflame ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Anticipate Crowd Control

Pokemon with High Crowd Control
Pikachu Image Wigglytuff Image Blastoise Image

Wait or bait out the disables of these Pokemon types before committing to attacking them. Remember that you're still fragile and you will need a way to escape a situation if needed.

Bait and Disengage from Burst Damage Pokemon

Burst Damage Pokemon
Absol Image Cinderace Image Gengar Image Gardevoir Image Venusaur Image Zeraora Image

Same with crowd control types, baiting out the opposing speedsters or attackers high damage moves with Fly or Flame Charge will help you stay alive in these types of matchups.

Bait Out Healing and Shielding

Support Pokemon
Blissey Image Eldegoss Image

These Pokemon have moves that gives healing and shielding to themselves and their allies. Since Talonflame relies on burst damage, it's best to wait until their moves are on cooldown before diving them.

Utilize High Mobility

Charizard Image Dragonite Image Tsareena Image

The Pokemon can definitely take on Talonflame in a 1v1 scenario. The best way to get the upper hand against them is by utilizing Talonflame's high mobility to outmanuveur them, forcing them to miss their moves and attacks while getting damaged.

Best Matchups for Talonflame

Easy Targets

Easy Targets
Alolan Ninetales Image Cramorant Image Greninja Image Sylveon Image Decidueye Image

These Pokemon fall quickly once Talonflame swoops down on them, giving them no chance of escaping even if they have means of disengaging.

Easy to Dodge Moves

Easy to Dodge Moves
Greedent Image Mamoswine Image Mr. Mime Image

These Pokemon have means to lock down Talonflame and are not easy targets. However, Talonflame's moves allow it to gracefully dodge all their disabling moves, putting them to waste and rendering these Pokemon useless while their moves are on cooldown.

Best Teammates for Talonflame

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff
Can setup your moves with disables
Slowbro and Wigglytuff can help you set up your damage easily without the need to sacrifice any of the moves you use to escape combat.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Blissey ImageBlissey
Can provide protection or buffs
Pokemon that can either prevent you from dying or give you buffs will always be beneficial in quickly doing your combos.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Crowd control gatherer
Hitting multiple Pokemon with Brave Bird greatly increases your damage potential for the burst combo. Most of your moves are AoE based so having a teammate that can set up the enemy will always be useful.

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Talonflame Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Peck ImagePeck
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 429 (Lv. 3)
Talonflame flies toward the targeted enemy Pokemon and attacks 3 times.
Aerial Ace ImageAerial Ace
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 621 (Lv. 5) / 1235 (Lv. 15)
Talonflame flies toward the opponent's Pokemon dealing damage in an area around that Pokemon. Talonflame will land on the opposite side of the enemy Pokemon from where you used the Move initially. In addition, the next attack becomes empowered.
Upgrade: The damage dealt increases.
Flame Charge ImageFlame Charge
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6.5s
Total Damage: 636 (Lv. 5) / 1196 (Lv. 15)
Dash in a chosen direction and deal damage to all enemies in your path and increases your Movement Speed for a short duration.
Upgrade: Enemies hit by the Move will be slowed and will take increased damage from Talonflame's Moves and basic attacks.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Acrobatics ImageAcrobatics
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 981 (Lv. 3) / 2253 (Lv. 15)
Talonflame flies to the designated area and attacks every enemy Pokemon in the area multiple times. Holding a direction will let you go in that direction when the Move ends.
Brave Bird ImageBrave Bird
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 1762 (Lv. 7) / 2666 (Lv. 15)
After a short delay, the user divebombs a targeted area, dealing damage to nearby enemies as well as taking recoil damage for the user. If a boosted attack is used a short while after using this Move, the cooldown of Flame Charge or Aerial Ace is reset.
Upgrade: Recoil damage is reduced.
Fly ImageFly
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 1787 (Lv. 7) / 2709 (Lv. 15)
Flies into the sky upon activation, becoming untargetable and gaining increased Movement Speed while allowing you to pass through terrain. Using this Move again lets you dive at a targeted area, damaging all nearby enemies.
Upgrade: Knock up all enemies hit by the dive.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Flame Sweep ImageFlame Sweep
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 2270 (Lv. 9) / 3370 (Lv. 15)
Flies up and swoops down the targeted path dealing damage to opponents and pushing them along the way.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, creating a fiery whirlwind that deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. This boosted attack remains readied even if the user leaves combat for a prolonged period of time.

Ability (Passive)

Gale Wings ImageGale Wings Increased Movement Speed at 50% and above HP.

Talonflame Stats & Evolutions

Talonflame Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 7)

Talonflame Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3024 58 40 170
2 3071 61 42 176
3 3127 65 45 184
4 3195 70 48 193
5 3440 87 60 227
6 3538 94 65 241
7 3983 125 87 303
8 4124 135 94 322
9 4293 147 102 345
10 4495 161 112 373
11 4738 178 124 407
12 5029 199 138 447
13 5378 224 255 495
14 5797 254 175 553
15 6300 290 200 623

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Talonflame In-Game Stat Listings

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